For those who love hand made lace.
So, I have two questions: One, how exactly do you do sewings? and two, is it normal for there to be a gap in between the pieces you attach?
I found here a description of sewings, but when I tried it, I think I might've done it wrong:
Here you can see the gap that I'm talking about.
Here's another practice that I tried, and I still have the same gap in between the two pieces. This time, I tried the sewings this way, pulling the closest thread through the pinhole and then pulling the other bobbin in the pair up through the loop. I liked this way better, but I still had the same problem.
Am I doing something wrong, or is this normal?
Sewings is a very large subject, There are many ways of doing it, depending on the specific style of lace and the particular situation. For starters, look at the lessons I have posted here, in the discussion section of the BEGINNERS group:
http://laceioli.ning.com/group/bobblinlace-beginners/forum/topics/p... There are several diagrams showing different situations that occur in the piece of lace.
Also look at this lesson, which has a different situation. http://laceioli.ning.com/group/bobblinlace-beginners/forum/topics/p...
Look at the end of this: http://lynxlace.com/learningbobbinlace-circle.html
1. Sometimes you sew one pair into one other pair, such as sewing the passives into their relative beginning loops when you come to the end of a hankie edging.
2. Sometimes you sew one pair into a side loop of a weaver.
3. Sometimes you sew a braid into a side weaver loop. This can be done with 2 single sewings, or one double sewing. The last is what I call it when I take 2 threads of a braid/plait, pull them into a loop, and put the other 2 bobbins of that braid into the loop.
4. Sometimes you can just sew a braid around another braid/plait without piercing it or trying to sew into a hole in the braid.
All the above pertain to winkiepin edge (pin after 2 threads).
There are also possibilites which are used with the sewing edge (pin after 4 threads).
The short answer to your question about the gap is that in many cases you can make it large or small, depending on how you handle the bobbins, how many twists, how dense the lace is. The number of twists on the weaver as it goes around the pin makes either a small hole (with few or one twist). But if you put several twists on the weaver it makes a larger hole, which produces a gap. I advise beginners to put several twists, because the larger hole accomodates a crochet hook better. Once they have confidence in sewings I tell them to reduce the number of twists. There is not only one right way. Different ways fit different situations and create different effects.
I'll post some diagrams this evening. It is very late.
Oh wow, okay haha, so I guess I was looking at it the wrong way. Thanks a bunch =D This was really driving me nuts.
I have collected all my sewings diagrams onto this webpage. Look near the end of the page.